Medical - My father was a fireman and my mother was a nurse, so I grew up in an environment of
safety preparedness and medical knowledge and terminology. Four of my favorite plastic models as a kid were
The Visible Man, The Visible Woman, The Visible Head and The Heart (life size), all anatomically accurate and could
be taken apart. By age 12, I knew the human body pretty well. My science project in 6th grade was a dog skeleton,
mounted on a display board. I'd found bones in an empty lot near my home, cleaned them up and learned how they
fit together by studying animal skeletons in books. A human skeleton is remarkably similar.
I took Red Cross First Aid training in my early 20's, first Basic, then Advanced and finally
Instructor, and began teaching First Aid classes for the Red Cross. I inquired about further training but was told
that the Red Cross offered none. I could, however, take EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) training at a hospital,
which I did and was certified. I then began working for a private ambulance company and got plenty of hands-on
experience in rescue and first aid, including CPR.
Disaster Relief - I was chosen by an international relief organization to participate with a
team of volunteers in the relief work in Nicaragua, after the devastating earthquake in December, 1972. We worked
there for six months. Back in the US, I was appointed National Disaster Relief Coordinator for this organization
for North America. I trained volunteers, gave workshops on disaster relief, prepared first aid and survival kits
for the team and went to several disasters in the US, coordinated by the Red Cross.
I was sent to Guatemala in 1976 to train volunteers and was present during the 8.6, 45-second
earthquake which hit many parts of the country that year, including Guatemala City where I was. I created
and supplied nine refugee camps, trained volunteers to staff them, organized and performed medical clinics and
was in charge of field operations for the six months we were involved there.
Other disaster relief I participated in: Honduras (flood), La Paz, Mexico (flood), US (flood)
I created the Center for Ecology and Alternative Technology on the island of Cyprus (1990-1996)
and worked on it for about six years. It demonstrated techniques in organic food production, alternative
(solar-thermal) power, low-cost architecture, rainwater harvesting and graywater use, underground air conditioning
and other sustainable technologies.
I am currently building and stocking an off-grid, sustainable survival retreat of my own design
in the Arizona desert (see www.SurvivalRetreatPlans.com). I have
been living off the grid in the desert for three years. Update 10/2014 - make that five years.